Monday, April 27, 2015


transformation . . .

Is your world over too?
Join me on a journey of transformation this year, won't you?
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2a (NIV)

The other day I sat across the table from a widow and heard these words: "It's been over four years now, and I'm finally feeling something's going to change." Like a caterpillar smothered in a cocoon, her past four years have been cloaked with a heavy blanket of grief. Days when she could hardly breathe, times so dark she couldn't see hope ahead. But now, life is beginning to stir within her again.

Does it have to take four years for everyone? No, of course not. We're all different, there is no set schedule. Her journey was complicated by a variety of other hardships and losses, too. But she knows her Savior, she knows she belongs to God. She's clung to that fact of faith, her mind is being renewed through her faithfulness and prayers, and finally her heart is beginning to beat again.

Are you like a caterpillar in a cocoon too? Is the world around you dark and hopeless? Believe me, the best is yet to come. Let's journey together for a while. We'll follow Jesus, our Savior Shepherd, and growing closer to him will transform   

e v e r y t h i n g . . .


  1. You state that the best is yet to come and I only agree that the best is yet to come when I die and can be with my husband again in Heaven with our Lord. Never would I agree that the best is yet to come in this life without my husband here on earth with me, physically. I hope you don't mind that I disagree with that part of your statement because I find such comfort in your writings, but I had to write my thoughts about this.

  2. I'm glad you wrote, and I don't mind disagreements at all. When I wrote the best is yet to come I knew that sometimes that sure doesn't seem possible in this life, but I know that ultimately, in Heaven, it is true. However, I also believe that the Lord can provide comfort and solace in this life that can exist apart from a husband. We can agree to disagree, but I I'm sorry for the life you see ahead of you as it seems you've made up your mind that God will fail you and you will be miserable. Why would you choose to believe that God cannot bring goodness and blessing yet to come? He loves you and can work out impossible situations if you'll surrender your will to Him.

  3. It was during the summer of my third year as a widow that I first realized that I wanted to live again. By the fourth year, I felt ready to pick up the reins again. I knew something new was emerging and I tentatively became a bit excited to see what would unfurl after losing my husband, mother, and a brother all within the four years. It happened because I had walked by faith because if I had walked only by sight I could see no hope in what lay ahead in the future.

  4. Faith is the key Sheila, it's wonderful to hear your testimony.


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